The Department of Public Service owns or holds license to roughly 340 route miles of open access dark fiber optic cable in Vermont. All Department-constructed cables contain 144 strands of fiber which allows the fiber to be used by multiple tenants. The fiber is "middle mile" which means that it does not connect to individual buildings; however, it can be used as part of a larger network to bring fiber to the premises (FTTP). The Department's fiber is considered "open access" and is available to any paying applicant for any lawful purpose, whether it is for long haul transmission or as a component of a last mile FTTP project. The Department is not a service provider and does not sell anything beyond the use of the dark fiber. The chart below provides current pricing and rate information for leasing state-owned fiber optic cable. For more information, please contact Clay Purvis at Clay.Purvis@vermont.gov.
The web map below depicts the fiber routes
The GIS data for the routes can be found on the state Geodata portal.
Fiber Optic Cable Price and Rate Schedule